Recycling tips and advice

Recycling is as beneficial to your local area – saving councils money – as it is to our global climate. But when space in your home is at a premium, it can be hard to know how to keep waste in order.

Find tips and advice to help you organise recycling, plus we show you a variety of products, including recycling bins, to simplify the process.

What kind of recycle bin do you need?


Hangs inside cupboard doors for efficient use
of space


Combines all of your waste and recycling in
one neat unit


Featuring a unique touch-barthat opens with a touch of your hand

Plenty of room

Each of the three sections can be independently operated

Remember your
bin liners...
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Depending on the type of bin you have, you'll need liners to fit it. Certain brands might require specific bags, while the bin type – compost or plastic recycling – determines which liner material you need

Recycling tips and ideas

Use dried-out coffee grounds to absorb odours in your compost bin

Invest in a stainless steel water bottle to save on plastic waste

Crush plastic containers to save space in your recycling bin

Clean out jars and containers – solid food interferes with the Recycling process

Did you know...?

  • It takes a thousand years for plastic to decompose in landfill – but just five recycled plastic bottles make enough filling
    to stuff a ski jacket
  • The UK uses a woodland the size of Wales every year in paper
  • One recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours, and a single recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
  • Recycled paper can be reborn as loft insulation or paint, or even on airport runways and racetracks

Creating a compost bin in your garden

Keen gardeners know that nutrient-rich compost is an essential for healthy, thriving gardens – plus, it's a great way to recycle food waste. We take you through how to start your own

Step 1

Invest in a compost bin

You'll need one for your kitchen as well as your garden. The Eddingtons stainless steel pail is the ideal place to keep your food waste: it even has carbon filters in the lid to stop unpleasant odours. This Rowlinson composter masquerades as a charming wooden beehive, while helping you create plenty of compost.

Step 2

Set up your bin

Set up your bin on bare soil, preferably in a sunny spot. Wire mesh beneath it helps stop rats getting in: make a recess in the soil, place a round piece of wire mesh that's slightly larger than your bin into the hole and place the bin on top.

Step 3

Activate your compost

Start throwing in food waste – avoid animal-derived products to help avoid attracting vermin – then add in grass clippings or young weeds to activate the compost: this speeds up the composting process.

Step 4


Keep the compost moist by watering occasionally, and turn every few weeks to aerate the pile. When adding new materials, make sure you mix them in rather than layering on top.

More information

If you want to know what recycling your council collects, or how to reduce your waste, see our handy links below (all of them open in a new window)

Information on how to recycle any item Clever ways to save food, and save money Find out which recycling your council collects Discover how waste is recycled